Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mass General receives top honor for stroke patients’ quality of care


BOSTON – Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has received a top honor from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for its commitment to improving its quality of care to stroke patients. The “2013 Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE) Defect-Free Care Award” recognizes the MGH for providing defect-free care to more than 80 percent of patients admitted with stroke over the course of a year.

“We are thrilled that the MGH has been ranked first among all 17 large volume hospitals in Massachusetts,” says Lee Schwamm, MD, executive chair of Neurology and member of the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care’s directors’ committee. “This recognition is a true testament to our ongoing commitment to improving stroke care and also serves to demonstrate the Institute’s focus on advanced, integrated and patient-focused care.”

MGH treated 516 out of 541 patients, or 95.4 percent, with all therapies for which they were eligible, as part of the SCORE’s voluntary stroke registry and quality improvement initiative that reviews data from 57 hospitals statewide. To be considered “defect-free care,” patients must receive all 10 medical management options for which they are eligible – including antithrombotic treatments, anticoagulation therapy, statin medications, education materials and counseling. The award recognizes care provided at MGH from October 2011 through September 2012.

“We are committed to providing highly coordinated care for each and every patient, each and every day – and this wonderful achievement shows that we are doing just that for the 1,000 stroke patients we see on an annual basis,” says Michael R. Jaff, DO, chair of the Institute and medical director of the Vascular Center. “We will remain dedicated to continuing our mission of advancing stroke care on a local, national and international level.”

MGH was a founding member of the SCORE program, which was formed in 2005 as a partnership among the DPH, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Paul Coverdell National Stroke Registry, and the American Heart/Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke program. MGH will be presented with the SCORE defect-free care award during the DPH’s Celebration of Success and Award Ceremony on June 19.

Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts General Hospital ( is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 927-bed medical center each year admits approximately 47,000 inpatients, handles more than 1.6 million visits to its extensive outpatient programs at the main campus and four health centers, and records more than 89,000 emergency visits. The surgical staff perform more than 40,500 operations annually, and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,600 babies a year. The largest nongovernment employer in the city of Boston, the MGH has more than 23,000 employees, including almost 4,000 registered nurses. MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $775 million. MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital are founding members of Partners HealthCare System, a Boston-based integrated health care delivery system. In 2003, MGH became the first hospital in the state to be awarded Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In July 2012, MGH moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Hospitals."


Colleen Marshall, 617-726-0275,

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